Notes From The Den Principal's Newsletter - Mar 2024

Dear Cougar Students and Parents,

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March is Music In Our Schools Month! We are extremely fortunate to have 3 amazing musical talents teaching and mentoring our MVHS vocalists and musicians. Thank you Ms. Irvin, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Chaiet for all that you do to bring music to our school community and beyond. 

Spring testing is upon us. We have done our best to space out the various State Assessment and AP tests through the month of April and May to ensure students do not have overlapping testing commitments.

Students registered for AP testing will receive the test dates and instructions from their AP teacher.

State Testing for 11th grade students begins upon our return from spring break. Students will be taking these tests through their regularly scheduled ELA, Science and Math classes:

  • 4/1 – 4/5: ELA
  • 4/15 – 4/19: Science
  • 4/29 – 5/3: Math

Finally, Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, 4/17 from 4-8pm. During this time, teachers will be available in their classrooms to meet with parents for 10-15 min conference sessions on a drop-in basis. No appointments are required (however, some teachers may reach out to prearrange appointments if desired). More details will be posted on our school website here as we get closer to the conference time. Please mark your calendars and plan to spend a portion of your evening with us.

Keep reading for more happenings on and off campus this month.

Go Cougars! 🐾

Michael Hicks, Principal

If you want to take an “inside peek” of campus life, you can check out my principal Instagram page here — @mvkicks.with.hicks

Recent Student Highlights

  • Winter Sports State Competition Results : Boys Wrestling took 6th in state, Girls basketball took 6th in state and Boys basketball made the final site tournament and took home the sportsmanship award!
  • MV Wind Ensemble traveled to Corvallis and participated in the OSU HS Band Festival this month.
  • Pi Day Sharon Sieveking’s Calculus BC class brought their “A” game and came up with the most creative stations, from making their own Wordles and Connections for participants to solve to a drawing activity requiring a partner.
  • MV Choir had a great time with the Sky View Advanced Choir at their pre-festival concert last week. Thanks to all who came and supported!
  • Robotics took 2nd place in their recent competition! They are currently sitting 46th out of 127 teams in the pacific northwest. Top 50 go to the District Championships. We have one more opportunity to move up the standings next week when we travel to Wilsonville.
  • Boys Golf won their first tournament this week and student Grayson was the #1 individual overall!
  • Baseball & Softball teams started out the season with W's all the way around!

New Rule For E-Bikes, E-Scooters

Bend-La Pine Schools will begin enforcing new rules governing e-bikes and e-scooters on school campuses. Families have time between now and April 8 to adjust to this change by doing the following:

  • For students under 16, families should arrange alternative transportation to and from school
  • For students 16 and older who wish to bring an e-bike/scooter on campus, please register the e-bike/scooter with our school office (the same way student vehicles are registered to receive parking passes).
This week we are holding our second annual Mental Health Week at MVHS. We emailed parents last week with notes regarding the slightly altered bell schedule and daily activities. Thank you to our Sources of Strength class and our school counselors or all of the hard work they put into making this week fun, informative and engaging!
To our Cougar Families : We are your friendly neighborhood Sources of Strength team. We are all about hope, help, and strength. We are here to reduce stigma and raise awareness about mental health by turning to our strengths and connecting others to help build hope for the future. Our Sources of Strength team dedicated this week to focusing on mental health awareness. We participated in multiple events throughout the week to take stress off of the students, and help raise awareness! One of these activities was to write down a trusted adult on a notecard. We actually found that a large number of students wrote down a parent/guardian on their card! We wanted to let you know how important you are to our cougar community, and you are someone our students can turn to in times of stress. You all are making a positive difference in our community, thank you all so much for everything you do. We hope you all know how grateful our students are for your guys’ support.

Parent Resource Corner

Raising children and teens has become more challenging in recent years. Our partners at Deschutes County Health have a couple events planned for parents that touch on Substance Use and Technology Use. These events are free and are open to all families or other caregivers supporting students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mark your calendars & save the date for an evening of fun and fundraising for our Sparrow and FAN! 7pm in the MV Auditorium. Admission is $5 per student, $10 per adult.

All About Seniors - Class of 2024

The Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be held on campus at MVHS Jack Harris Stadium located at 2755 NE 27th Street on Saturday, June 8 at 2:00pm. Stay informed about everything happening for your senior this year by bookmarking the Senior Information page of the MVHS website!

Upcoming Deadlines & Important Reminders:

  • April 18th : Senior Meeting at 12pm to distribute announcements

2024 Parent Organized Grad Party News:

The graduation party is an all night, drug and alcohol free event for graduating senior students that is organized, funded and staffed by senior parents. This party is not school or district sponsored. Information below is provided by the parent committee. Please contact this year's parent grad party committee for any and all questions.

The Senior Parent Class of 2024 Grad Party Committee has started planning for our senior party on Saturday, June 8th at the Trampoline Zone and Adventure Park from 8pm to Midnight.

  • 2024 Grad Yard Signs and Party Tickets are on sale now! Purchase yours and make donations here:
  • Our Biggest Fundraiser is Here! Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a luxury vacation including airfare to Monterey, California; Nashville, Tennessee; or Cancun, Mexico! Tickets are available at our website: All proceeds directly benefit the Class of 2024 Grad Party.

Questions or Interested In Getting Involved? Contact Us!

Explore Resources Before Spring Break

The countdown to spring break is on and for many, it’s a time for rest and a little adventure. It also comes with stress and challenges. It’s important to stay mindful and take care of ourselves. Here are some helpful tips for a more stress-free spring break:

  • Consider ways to modify plans that may negatively impact your mental health.
  • Don't forget the power of "no." It's okay to say no to plans if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Plan ahead. Keeping a calendar of events can help you stay on track and be ready.
  • Talk about your feelings. You might be overwhelmed or missing a loved one. Talking about your feelings with a trusted friend or family member is okay. You are not alone.
  • Take time for self-care. It's important to take care of ourselves before caring for others.

Click Here for additional suggestions and valuable resources!

Important Dates & Other Reminders
  • March 25-29 : NO SCHOOL for Spring Break
  • April 1-5 : National Assistant Principal's Week
  • April 1 : State Testing Begins (ELA, Science & Math for Juniors)
  • April 1 : Cougar Spotlight Week, see details here
  • April 4 : National School Librarian Day - WE LOVE MRS. LAYNE!
  • April 4 : Band Pre-Festival Concert, 7pm in the Auditorium
  • April 11 : Cougar Pageant, 7pm in the Auditorium
  • April 12 : NO SCHOOL, end of Q3
  • April 13 : ACT Test hosted at SHS, pre-registration required. See details here.
  • April 17 : Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • April 18 : Senior Meeting

Check out our weekly MVHS Announcement webpage for continued school announcements.

Be sure to visit the MVHS website and like/follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on what is happening around campus. Go Cougs!